For last semester’s photojournalism class, I was tasked to complete a photo essay on an event or someone in my community. There were a few ideas floating around in my mind but eventually, I decided to do my essay on Kim Bialkoski. Thankfully she entertained this project and was very accommodating throughout the process.
Kim and I initially met at a Satanic Rights show in 2016, and what stuck with me was her positive attitude, friendliness, and passion for DIY. I found it incredibly cool that she operates her own food preservation company, flora & farmer, and I’ve had the utmost respect for her hard work and dedication to her business and her customers.
Every February, Winnipeg celebrates French-Canadian culture for 10 days in the heart of St. Boniface at Festival du Voyageur. This tradition started in 1970 and has been going strong ever since. Inside of Fort Gibraltar, voyageurs demonstrate and explain how those in the early 19th century cooked, made canoe paddles and snowshoes, tanned leather, traded fur, decorated their clothes, and kept warm during the winter months.
Fort Gibraltar was originally built in 1809 by the North West Company voyageurs, but was captured seven years later by the Hudson’s Bay Company and destroyed. A year later, the British authorities gave NWC permission to rebuild. The fort was destroyed by the Red River flood in 1852, but was rebuilt in 1978 by the Festival du Voyageur.
Here’s a look at the voyageur lifestyle inside of Fort Gibraltar.
After watching videos on YouTube and being inspired by the work of Sonia King, I signed up for a mosaic art workshop in spring of 2015 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Studio. The workshop was lead by a talented Russian artist named Dimitry Komar. It was one of the best things I did for myself last year. I quickly learned that breaking pieces of tile and arranging them to make one cohesive picture or pattern was so relaxing and allowed my mind to take a break from everyday worries.
Unfortunately I gifted my first piece without taking a proper photo, so here’s the second piece I created.
Here’s the video I watched that really got me interested in the craft.
Apparently the WAG Studio isn’t offering these workshops any longer, but Prairie Studio Glass has a one day workshop coming up in February.